Gore IV Kayak Challenge
Photo: RICK LOHRE

Gore IV Kayak Challenge

CLASS IS IN SESSION

Sprint through 4 miles of the Class IV playground of lower Gore Creek in this returning kayak challenge!

This competition is geared towards Class IV kayakers who love a good ol’ sprint to the finish. Do you have the skills and speed to be crowned our Gore IV champion?

THURSDAY, JUNE 9

10:00 AM

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Wednesday, June 8 at 6:00 PM.

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Times

Times

THURSDAY, JUNE 9

10:00 AM

 

Rules

CATEGORIES:

Open Boat Division (Men/Women)

EQUIPMENT:
  • Whitewater specific boats only.
  • Boats may not exceed 9.5’ in length. All boats will be measured at the start of the race.
  • Boats must be plastic, production whitewater creek boats with bulkhead footrests and appropriate grab-handles.
  • Pre-production, modified or non-creek specific boats within the standards of modern creek-specific designs may be allowed, but only with prior approval of the Race Directors.
  • If in doubt about your boat, ask Race Directors at least 24 hours in advance of competition.
  • Athletes must dress for creek-boating Class IV whitewater.
  • Mandatory equipment includes:
    • Rescue-certified PFDs
    • Helmet
    • Protective Footwear
    • Dry-Top
    • Paddling jacket or wetsuit
    • Float Bag
    • Throw Bags
  • Unsafe or excessively used equipment (such as: excessively worn PFDs, unsuitable helmets, damaged boats, spray skirts with holes, inadequate footwear etc.) may be deemed unsuitable.
  • Athletes must wear competitor bibs outside their PFDs at all times. For athletes that place on the podium, we ask that you wear your competitor bib for awards.
  • Event organizers and whitewater rescue teams are not responsible for equipment rescue and/or equipment removal from the GoPro Mountain Games whitewater courses should athletes lose their equipment during practice or competition.
FORMAT & RULES:
  • The Gore IV Kayak Down River Challenge is for Class IV kayakers.  
  • The course is on Gore Creek and is approximately 4 miles long. All competitors must have successfully navigated the course prior to the competition. 
  • Please obey all no access and trespassing signage. This race runs through private property. Please respect the areas surrounding this race. 
  • Athletes must arrive at the put in 45 minutes before the race start to check in, complete gear check, attend the mandatory safety meeting, receive their start times and pick up their competition bib  
  • Paddlers who lose their equipment and require a rescue of any kind and/or appear to be excessively falling and swimming will be pulled from the course by the safety team. Paddlers who lose their gear and exit the river will receive a DNF. 
  • The race is run in time trial format.  
  • Final race rules and format will be available during the Safety Meeting.    
Location:

The course will start at the International Bridge in Vail Village and finish at Stephens Park.

Price & Prizes

PRICE

REGISTRATION PRICING // February 25 – April 15, 2022
$40

EARLY BIRD PRICING // April 16 – May 31, 2022
$45

EVENT PRICING // June 1 – June 8, 2022
$50


PAYOUT

total prize purse: $4,000

MEN
1st – $1,000
2nd – $750
3rd – $250

WOMEN
1st – $1,000
2nd – $750
3rd – $250


PRIZES

Prizes are to be determined.

Price & Prizes

Event Map

race start:

International Bridge in Vail Village

RACE finish:

Stephens Park in Vail, CO

EVENT MAP